Veterinarians treat homeless pets at Santa Ana River bed for free – Orange County Register
A volunteer at the pet clinic for homeless animals treats holds a dog waiting to be seen.
Veterinarians treat homeless pets at a free clinic Sunday, July 30, in Anaheim. (Photo by Erika Ritchie, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Dr. Mark Malo poses with four student volunteers during the free homeless pet clinic in Anaheim, Sunday, July 30.
A mobile van from the Healthcare Emergency Animal Rescue Team hosts an free pet clinic at the Santa Ana River Trail for the homeless community.
A woman waits at the free pet clinic Sunday, July 30, at the Santa Ana River Trail.
Tara McKellar, 35, sits with Freja waiting for her medical appointment.
A pit bullnamed Rukus waits for his vaccinations Sunday, July 30, at the Santa Ana River Trail.
Angel Nole, 32, sits with Bandit, a dalamtian pit bull-mix and
Mitzy Granados, 30, kisses her dog, Rukus, before he sees a veterinarian for shots.
TJ and Chance Ivey, sit with Daisy before her vet examination.
A woman cradles a pet during the homeless vet clinic at the Santa Ana River Trail.
A woman checks on dogs ready to be seen at the the free pet clinic.
Anthony Damian, 42, sits with Star Isabella. He is thankful for the medical help.
Michael Diehl, 46, a former commercial diver, helps hold his dog Osirius while Dr. Todd Kopit, of the Healthcare Emergency Rescue Team mobile clinic, gives him a shot.
Angel Nole, 32, sits with 6-week-old puppy Robin. He calls the free veterinary services, “A blessing.”
Michael Diehl, 46, a former commercial diver, waits with his dog Osirius for an appointment with a veterinarian.
ANAHEIM Michael Diehl has had Osiris since the pit bull was just a pup.
Diehl, 46, suffers from sudden seizures and Osiris helps keep him safe, alerting him before they happen, he said.
“He means everything to me,” he said. “He protects me from everything.”
Now 14 years old, Osiris needs more veterinary care. But the bills aren’t something that Diehl, a former commercial diver, can afford.
As one of hundreds living on the riverbed of the Santa Ana River Trail, Diehl was among 60 people and their pets who took advantage of free veterinary services offered on Sunday, July 30.
The services were offered by two groups, the Healthcare Emergency Animal Rescue Team out of Yorba Linda run by veterinarians Debra and Dr. Todd Kopit, and Dr. Mark Malo, vice president of the Animal Health Foundation, a nonprofit that is a charitable wing of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association.